Doge’s Palace self-guided Virtual Experience: The Most Serene Republic
Self-guided audio tourFollow the story at your own pace
Experience the Doge’s Palace from the comfort of your home with an engaging self-guided virtual tour, narrated in English from your PC or smartphone browser. It’s so simple! You will receive an email with the tour link with instructions and in a couple of minutes, you will travel back in time and enjoy a virtual journey from the comfort of your couch!
Through the power of storytelling combined with street and satellite views, you will learn not only about historical facts, but also discover unknown stories and tales of ancient and modern times that will amaze your family and friends. The tour’s content is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief intriguing stories that will make your virtual visit both engaging and informative. The tour is only available online and you can access it repeatedly and anytime.
This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the rise and fall of the Most Serene Republic and immerse yourself in the exhibits in an entirely innovative way.
The Big Hungry City
Today visitors to the Doge’s palace access the museum through the entrance called Porta del Frumento. This was not always the main entrance as in the past Palazzo Ducale was reached from the monumental Late Gothic gate situated on the Piazzetta side, which we shall see later. In fact, Porta del Frumento, accessed from the waterfront side of the Palace, means “Wheat Gate” and owes its name to the fodder office, the so-called Ufficio delle Biade that was located nearby and was responsible for monitoring the quantity, quality and prices of barley, rye, millet, and oats. Foodstuff was the bulk of the Venetian trade and regulating its supply and demand was indispensable, not only for the Republic’s wealth but also its survival. By the 13th century, Europe was in the middle of a long boom and its population was growing rapidly. La Serenissima had 100000 inhabitants making it the 3rd largest city in Europe after Paris and Naples. For a landless state like Venice, famine was a constant threat!
Inclusions and Exclusions
- Virtual Self-guided Tour for the Doge’s Palace with satellite & street views
- Audio content with engaging & original stories in English
- Live Guide
- Offline access
- Desktop, laptop or smartphone device
- Internet connection
Courtyard & Loggias: The first thing that you will encounter is the interior courtyard. Surrounded by the imposing wings and loggias, you will gain valuable insights into the long and eventful history of the building before you continue to experience the impressive Scala dei Giganti, the enormous stairway which once hosted the solemn ritual of the Doge’s coronation.
Institutional Chambers: They were reserved for all the important meetings of the Venetian government. You will explore stunning halls such as the Chamber of the Great Council, the Collegio and the Chamber of the Council of the Ten and marvel at the walls and ceilings of the palace covered with the paintings of Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiziano and many more great masters of the Venetian school.
New Prisons: They were created in the 16th century to provide better living & sanitary conditions to the poor prisoners of the Republic. Learn about the sinister reputation of the Venetian penal system and the stories of world-famous inmates, such as the legendary womanizer Giacomo Casanova!
Porta della Carta: The tour ends in front of the Porta della Carta, the once monumental entrance-way to the building from the Piazzetta. You will admire the intricate decorations of the imposing gate and listen to the story of the Republic’s last Doge and the fall of the once invincible maritime Empire.
Know before you book
- This is a virtual tour for the Doge’s Palace that you can take from the comfort of your home and feel like you were there
- No live guide or meeting point required
- You will receive an email with instructions on how to access your tour via a link. Check your spam folder as well
- No special equipment is needed (i.e. special glasses). However, earphones or headphones are highly recommended to enjoy the experience.
- This product can be accessed from any web browser and requires a steady internet connection. The tour is available only online. The virtual tour doesn’t require a visit to the site
Cancellation Policy: This product cannot be refunded once activated.